Lifejacket Requirements

680 Van Wagners Beach Road
Hamilton, ON, L8E 3L8
Phone: 905-547-6141
Toll Free: 1-800-555-8775

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Lifejacket Requirements

Ontario Public Pool Regulations Affecting Wild Waterworks

New regulations under the Health Protection and Promotion act affecting public pools have been put into place by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.  As operators of Wild Waterworks we must abide by the changes in the legislation.

As an operator we must follow the regulation which states the following:

  • That every owner and every operator of a Class A pool shall ensure that there is a process in place to ensure a guardian or designated person supervises children 10 years of age and under. The process must include a swimming competency test and a method of communicating the requirements of the process O. Reg 494/17, s.13(10) 565

Wave Action pools: typically there is not a place for doing swimming competency tests.

However, compliance with this requirement is expected.  If a swimming competency test is not performed there must be a process in place that addresses this. It is required that all users 10 years of age and younger wear a lifejacket/PFD in the wave pool if their swimming competency cannot be determined.

To this end Wild Waterworks will be requiring anyone 10 years of age and under to wear an approved lifejacket/PFD in the Wave Action Pool and the Eazy River in lieu of a swim competency test.

For supervision of those 10 years of age and under, the guardian or designated person 16 years of age or older must be within Arm’s Reach at all times while in the water and the following ratios must be adhered too.

Age RangeAdult to Child Ratio
Children under age 6Two children with a lifejacket/PFD to one guardian (2:1) 16 years of age or older
Children aged 6 to 10Eight children with a lifejacket/PFD to one guardian (8:1) 16 years of age or older

Wild Waterworks will have a lifejacket/PFDs available on first come first serve bases free of charge for patron use. They will be located near the Wave Action Pool on racks. Staff will be available to assist with sizing and answer questions.  Wild Waterworks allows patrons to bring in their own approved Lifejacket/PFD/PFD for use in the Wave Action Pool and Eazy River as supplies are limited.

Lifejacket/PFDs must be approved by : Transport Canada, Oceans and Fisheries Canada, Canadian Coast Guard and USA Coast Guard Type I, 2 or III.

Approved Life Jackets & PFDs

2021 Park Closure

It is with deep regret that we announce Wild Waterworks will not be operating in the 2021 season.

To safeguard the health and safety of our visitors and staff, the City of Hamilton endorsed the joint HCA and city staff recommendation to suspend operations for the 2021 season. A safe environment for visitors and community is a top priority for HCA who operates the facility, and the City of Hamilton, which owns Wild Waterworks.

This was not an easy decision to come to. However, it is in the best interest for the health and safety of the visitors to Wild Waterworks and our staff. During the closure, Wild Waterworks will be undertaking some maintenance, including the repainting of slides, to refresh their look for the 2022 season.

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2022.

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